What If Wednesday
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Today's "What If Wednesday" question: "What if Musa's father, Ho-Boe, remarries?"

The death of her mother, Matlin, has been a big part of Musa's story since season one. Almost every season has referenced it somehow. (I think the only two that didn't were four and seven.) Throughout the series, she's shown strength and maturity by being able to accept her loss.

One of her wisest moments was in season five, when she chose not to use her Sirenix wish to bring her back to life. She knew that would have been wrong. After all, Matlin's in paradise now — safe from danger and free from sickness. How selfish would Musa be to drag her mother out of eternal happiness?

Ho-Boe hasn't been as strong as his daughter. Out of grief, he tried to crush her dream of becoming a musician. Being around music brought back too many painful memories for him.

That episode — "The Show Must Go On" (2X15) — is one of my favorites from season two. The title's pretty clever. Musa's show at Redfountain almost went on without her. But "show" may have been a metaphor for "life" — as in "life goes on," part of what Ho-Boe needed to learn.

We know what happened. He let her perform, she ended up fighting Stormy (not important, but still part of the episode), and at the end, we saw the father and daughter smile and hug each other at Matlin's grave. The implication was he'd healed a bit more. In season five, he looked happy again.

Why not take this subplot further? Is he ready to find love again? I know he's middle-aged, but people remarry even later in life.

How would Musa react to it? Would she accept her new mom — or resent her (and him)?

We've already seen a story like this with Stella in season three. The difference is her mother, Queen Luna, is still alive, so she'd still be in her life even if King Radius remarried. But Matlin's gone forever. Would Musa take that into consideration?

(Side note: if you count the comics, her father isn't the only widower in her story. In #33: "Ghosts," she meets a composer named Sifelius, whose wife has recently died. He's given up on writing music and shut himself up in his house. I won't ruin the ending, in case you haven't read the comic.)

That's it for today!

Musings & Rants
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Riven fans, I apologize in advance. You might hate me by the time you’re done reading this post. Please know I have nothing against you personally. I just don’t understand why he’s so popular.

For some reason, Riven seems to be the darling of the fanbase. Who cares if he’s the rudest, most aggressive, and most unpredictable guy in the Boys Club, and has a terrible relationship with his girlfriend? That just makes him even more charming. 😕

If there were ever a poster child for “girls love bad boys,” he’s it. Even Musa admits she likes him because he’s “mysterious and a bit of a rebel.” (Her Italian profile leaves off the “a bit” part.)

This is the guy who doesn’t cooperate well with others, constantly challenges Sky‘s leadership (whether he’s right to or not), willfully betrayed his friends in season one, and treats Musa poorly every other season. Yet, no matter what he does, the fanbase rushes to his defense. Even stranger, they want him and Musa to stay together! We don’t want her to be unhappy, so why would anyone want her to keep dating a guy who antagonizes her?

Supposedly, Riven’s mother abandoned him when he was young, hence why he’s so angry all the time and has trouble dealing with women. Where’d this back story come from? I tried researching it, but I’ve found nothing that supports it. It’s never mentioned in the show, and I don’t remember it on any version of the website.

The only thing I found was a book, The Power of Dragon Flame, that mentions “Riven’s rough childhood.” But it’s an adaptation, so it shouldn’t be considered canon. It’s the same with the comics; those stories are supplemental to the series and didn’t truly happen. In the comics, Roxy was definitively the seventh Winx (at first), Tecna’s the princess of Zenith (King Cryos is her father and looks different than in the show), and many of the Winx have had several love interests.

Yet, the fanbase treats the story like fact, and his fans use it to excuse his misbehavior. Will anyone admit he might be an unstable person who’s bad, even dangerous, for Musa? (The Muse, whose favorite Winx is Musa, has felt that way for a while.) Read the rest of this post

Guest Posts
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We’re now accepting guest posts! Our first one comes from a fan (who wants to stay anonymous) with an interesting theory: Rainbow may have planned different roles for Daphne and the Trix. Part I below is mainly about Daphne. Part II (which I’ll post tomorrow) will focus on the Trix.

If you’d like to share your own guest post, send it to [email protected].


Was Daphne Going to be Bloom’s Mother?
~ by an anonymous fan ~

My theory is that in the beginning, the story was supposed to be as follows:

In the old times of the Dragon, the nine nymphs ruled the Magic Dimension with Daphne as the greatest one of them. Later the Dragon disappeared, and Bloom was born to Daphne. Shortly after, the Ancestral Witches attacked Domino, and Daphne sent her across time and space to the modern-time Earth, while Daphne was locked in another dimension. The Ancestral Witches, having failed in their quest, later took on a younger appearance and became the Trix, which explains why the Trix were so powerful in S1.

And I think that at first, Bloom was meant to defeat the Trix (i.e. The Ancient Witches), and then find and free her mother Daphne from the dimension where she was locked. Then the story was changed in mid-production of season 1, and Daphne was turned into Bloom’s sister and the Trix into The Ancient Witches’ descendants.

There are a lot of hints towards this. Read the rest of this post

Musings & Rants
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As a reward for earning Sirenix, each Winx gets one wish. Some of you have already share your thoughts on what they might wish for. Shall we talk about it as a group? 🙂

New hair, new wardrobe, AND a wish? Sirenix totally rocks!

Here are my guesses:

  • Bloom: To save Daphne. I don’t mean breaking the Sirenix curse — that would be a better use of the wish — but freeing her from Tritannus and the Trix. Bloom tends to act on instinct, so making a choice with a short-term payoff is more in her character.
  • Stella: To become a fashion designer. That’s the only thing they’ve focused on with her this season. A wasted wish, if you ask me, since she’s always been a decent designer. She just needs to work harder.
  • Flora: No clue. If the Flora-Helia-Krystal triangle was still going on, we’d have an easy answer. But that seems to be over. For no reason. Flora’s life is drama-free once again.
  • Musa: To revive her mother. A big wish. Can her guardian grant it, especially since Matlin’s been dead since Musa was young?
  • Tecna: Another mystery. A more romantic relationship with Timmy? To be more in touch with her emotions (remember her outburst at the Ruins of Graynor)? Who knows. When will Rainbow tell us more about her?
  • Aisha: So many possibilities! The first one’s obvious: to revive Nabu. But what if she decides she’s ready to move on? I’ve also heard Roy is injured in the next episode (I don’t remember seeing that). Aisha could make another selfless choice — like when she earned her Enchantix — and sacrifice her happiness to save his life. And how might the “surprise” Tritannus has planned for her factor into her decision?

QUESTIONS:

  • What do you think the Winx will wish for?
  • Omnia said they must “please destiny” before they can make their wishes. What do you think she means?
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Someone’s probably pointed this out already, but there’s a weird mistake in the season five trailer.

Check out this screenshot of Bloom with her parents. Specifically, look at Vanessa’s arm:

And close up:

Yikes!

If this is CG, Rainbow may have modeled the hand separately to make it easier to create this pose. They clearly meant to hide the arm behind Bloom’s waist. Since that didn’t happen… Yeah.

Oops! Let’s hope there are fewer mistakes in the season itself.